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Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka John Clifford Holt

Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka

John Clifford Holt

Published January 1st 1991
ISBN : 9781280524905
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269 pages
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This book offers a case study in religious and cultural change. Sri Lanka is the home of one of Asias most pluralistic religious cultures- four major religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity - have found a permanent home within itsMoreThis book offers a case study in religious and cultural change. Sri Lanka is the home of one of Asias most pluralistic religious cultures- four major religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity - have found a permanent home within its boundaries. This makes it an ideal laboratory for the study of how religious traditions mix. John Holt here examines the career of a single deity, who began as the Indian Mahayana Buddhist bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, was assimilated to the indigenous Sinhala god Natha, and ultimately became identified with the bodhisattva Maitreya - the next Buddha of the future, expected by virtually all Buddhist traditions of Asia.